World Fusion Music
Ancient Future is the first and longest running musical organization dedicated exclusively to the mission of creating world fusion music. The term was coined by bandleader Matthew Montfort in 1978 to describe Ancient Future’s unusual blend of musical traditions from around the world. BILLBOARD calls the group “trendsetters” for their early contributions to the movement, which seeks to show how people from different cultures can grow by learning from each other.
World fusion is more of a process than a genre. It is a process by which new traditions are created, and has been going on throughout history. It would be difficult to find a form of traditional music that has not at some time been influenced by the music of another culture. But current times offer the opportunity for musicians to learn music from anywhere on earth. It is the mission of Ancient Future to explore this new sonic territory while shining a light on the ancient musical knowledge of the world.
The time has definitely come for world fusion music. Ancient Future is one step ahead of the game; on their side is the philosophical parallel between global consonance and world peace. SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL
“Laying the groundwork for some of today's most successful world beat acts, Ancient Future has grown into a global village of musicians...from Africa, India, Asia, America and the Middle East. The tunes included are diverse, yet equally captivating, evoking all that is most appealing about music from a global village.” CD NOW
December 19, 2015
Ancient Future Concerts Celebrating Matthew Montfort's New Custom...
March 07, 2015
Ancient Future Pacific Northwest Concert Tour
March 04, 2015
Original Ancient Future Reunion Concert
April 17, 2014
First Ancient Future Studio Video Released On Earth Day
February 10, 2014
Announcing The Archive Of Future Ancient Recordings By Ancient Future:...
December 09, 2013
Dickens Of A Twitter Torrent From An Ancient Future Present Starring...
November 09, 2013
Ancient Future Duet Northern California Tour Featuring Matthew Montfort...
August 18, 2013
Ancient Future "World Without Walls" Reunion Concert At The Freight And...
April 25, 2013
Ancient Future Performs At Halanda Studio In San Jose, May 11, 2013
November 22, 2012
End Of The Beginning Of The Ancient Future Celebration
June 30, 2012
Ancient Future Nominated For North Bay Bohemian 2012 Norbay World Music...
February 16, 2012
World Without Walls by Ancient Future with Zakir Hussain Nominated Best...
June 23, 2011
First Video from Reunion Tour Supporting 'World Without Walls' by...
May 24, 2011
Capitol Records Schedules Digital Release of World Without Walls by...
September 30, 2010
Matthew Montfort and Bui Huu Nhut of Ancient Future Featured on Rachel...
February 19, 2010
The Ancient Future Radio Program 2/18/10
January 29, 2010
Ancient Future Radio 1/28/10
December 06, 2009
Two ancient-future.com Titles Selected for NPR Discover Songs Program
World fusion music wouldn't be what it is today without the compositions,
concerts, and collaborations of the Ancient Future ensemble. — ECLECTIC
VIBES MAGAZINE, India
Leader Matthew Montfort's synthesis of styles and sounds isn't superficial —
he plucks the essential musicality of several traditions without discounting
them. Beautiful world fusion music. — Roger Carlberg, ELECTRONIC
World music pioneers. Ancient Future created the world fusion genre with
its blend of Indian, African, Balinese, Middle Eastern, European, East Asian and
South American music. — World Vibe, 96 Hours Weekend Entertainment
Guide, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
One of world music's finest expressions. — Renee Gelpi, DIMENSIONS,
With seamless fire and grace ..
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
The members of Ancient Future are all master musicians from various world
music traditions. Instruction is available via Skype or in person at each
Recognized as one of the world's 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists, Ancient
Future leader Matthew Montfort teaches all styles of guitar along with music
theory and repertoire for all instruments. He helps students reach their own
personal goals in music, whatever they may be, through a lesson plan
customized to the student's needs. He offers private guitar lessons, music
tutorials, and group classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and online. He is
available to teach master classes and workshops worldwide.
To contact Matthew Montfort about lessons, e-mail him at info@ancient-